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CON-WAY TRANSPORTATION SERVICES QUALIFIES 100 PERCENT OF DRIVERS FOR NEW COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSE

 CON-WAY TRANSPORTATION SERVICES QUALIFIES 100 PERCENT
 OF DRIVERS FOR NEW COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSE
 MENLO PARK, Calif., March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Con-Way Transportation Services announced today that 100 percent of its driver/salesmen have successfully passed examinations and have received new licenses under the federally mandated Commercial Driver's License program.
 Con-Way, which operates four next-day delivery regional trucking companies in the West, Midwest, South and Southwest United States, employs more than 5,000 truck drivers in 28 states.
 The new federal law requires any individual who operates a commercial truck to have passed the commercial driver's license examination by April 1.
 "The commercial driver's license program sets a high standard for driver education and excellence that will make the highways safer for our employees, their families and the motoring public," noted Robert T. Robertson, president of the company. "With 100 percent compliance, we are reinforcing our commitment to the highest safety standards."
 The new CDL is important to the trucking industry because it establishes minimum competence and education standards. It also will prevent a poor driver who has had a license revoked in one state from obtaining a new license in another state. Beginning April 1, drivers operating without a CDL will be cited and not allowed back on the highway.
 "It gets that small percentage of bad apples who give our industry a bad reputation out of their rigs and off the highways," Robertson said. "That's very important to the Con-Ways, who have some of the most professional, responsible drivers in the business. For our drivers, the highway is their office. We want their office to be as safe as possible. The CDL goes a long way toward achieving that."
 Robertson noted that the Con-Ways have long supported the CDL program, beginning two years ago to incorporate specialized education programs for the CDL into its ongoing employee training efforts. These included providing driver/employees with study guides and brochures, instructional videos, practice worksheets, and CDL testing guidelines, as well as weekend study groups and tutoring.
 The company also encourages ongoing development of safe driving techniques through monthly safety meetings, and sponsorship of in- company safe driving competitions, as well as regional and state competitions which culminate each year with the National Truck Driving Championships.
 In 1991, the Con-Way regional carriers operated a fleet of more than 11,000 trucks, tractors and trailers. The regional carriers combined traveled 175 million miles on America's highways delivering 5.9 million shipments weighing 6.7 billion pounds.
 Con-Way Transportation Services is a Menlo Park-based company which operates four regional motor carriers and an intermodal services company. These include Con-Way Western Express, Con-Way Central Express, Con-Way Southern Express, Con-Way Southwest Express and Con- Way Intermodal.
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 /CONTACT: Gary Frantz, 415-494-2900; or Jim Delulio, 714-755-0400, both of Con-Way Transportation Services/ CO: Con-Way Transportation Services ST: California IN: TRN SU:


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